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Care of the Skin


Published 1949


Structure of the skin; good cleanliness habits; the proper way to wash; the correct use of soap.


Run time 10:19
Producer Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

Shotlist

DEMONSTRATES GOOD HABITS OF CLEANLINESS. SHOWS THE PROPER WAY TO WASH HANDS & FACE, TO CLEAN NAILS & TO BATHE. ANIMATED DRAWINGS DESCRIBE THE STRUCTURE OF THE SKIN & EXPLAIN WHY SOAP IS NECESSARY FOR CLEANLINESS.




Ken Smith sez: This film shows the daily grooming rituals of three terrible child actors -- Fred, Billy, and tubby Virginia -- as it tries to encourage young viewers to keep their "living coat of armor" clean. Interspersed with shots of soapy washcloths and toenail clipping are XCU animation of sweat glands and skin pores, gruesome footage of kids with disgusting skin infections, and lots of shots of nude Fred as he takes his bath.

Stock shots:
Cat licking its paws; small child; girl in bathroom; child washing hands; washing face;

CU skin animation; baby playing in small rolling vehicles; dermatologist examines boy with eczema
boy with skin disease on face; athlete's foot; chapped hands;

boy taking a bath; also shows boy's butt while he dries off towel; children sleeping;
ANIMATION SKIN CLEANLINESS BATHS BATHING SOAP HYGIENE HEALTH Danger Lurks Safety
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Reviews

Reviewer: eydie - - September 9, 2012
Subject: virginia's spit bath
first of all, soap on the face is not good. it's very drying. a facial cleanser should be used and you don't have to dry your face, it's better if you don't. use a moisturizer on damp face. but in 1949, they didn't know that.
Reviewer: http://www.archive.org/details/Careofth1949 - - May 6, 2008
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Reviewer: silvertwinz - - September 21, 2006
Subject: soap, lots of soap...
the kinds in this look like my best friends' kids. they would not be caught dead anywhere near a cake of soap! i felt sorry for the boy who has to take the bath...you can see his naked hiney as he dries himself. this does need someone or thing to liven it up. it's a bit dry, but i liked it. also, you can hear the filmstrip noises in the background. that added to the fun.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - January 19, 2004
Subject: Hurry Up, Virginia! I Wanna Wash!
No Skin Fairy in this one, IÃÂm afraid. Just three kidsÃÂÃÂFred, Billy, and VirginiaÃÂÃÂwho are way more interested in washing than any real kid. We get to see such stirring things as Virginia with soap all over her face, Billy licking himself like a cat and saying ÃÂWhy?ÃÂ all the time, some disgusting images of skin diseases, and lots of close-ups of Fred taking his bath. Not a particularly pleasant viewing experience, I can tell you. This one needs an Evil Sprite Character to liven it up.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - February 25, 2003
Subject: Is that why the kids are in the bathroom all the time?
Although not as deliriously great as Care of the Hair and Nails, Care of The Skin has some nifty moments. First of all, it's obvious with all the cuteness going on in these films, the film narrator has to scare us as well by showing advance cases of facial diseases. Anyways, speaking of disease, I wonder what the kids had to make them act so bad, because they're just awful.
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